The Arizona Cardinals just had their season flash before their very eyes. Quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a knee injury while being sacked in the fourth quarter vs. the St. Louis Rams, and it was serious enough that he had to be carted to the locker room.
Though Palmer was able to get up and walk gingerly towards the sideline, the medical staff looked at the knee Palmer appeared to injure when Palmer dropped back in the pocket, and as he tried to evade some pressure, he just dropped down with a non-contact injury.
As you can see, Rams safety Mark Barron came on a blitz and grabbed Palmer by the shoulder. Barron didn’t hit Palmer hard, but Palmer fell awkwardly and appeared to be in pain.
It was the same knee in which Palmer tore the ACL in a 2006 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hopefully, this isn't a similar injury, but it didn't look good as Palmer laid on the field, nor did was it encouraging to see him with his head down and visibly sacred as he was carted to the locker room. He was replaced by Drew Stanton as Arizona took a late lead vs. St. Louis.
It's since been reported that Palmer may have torn the same ACL again.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer feared to have torn his left ACL, which would end his season. Will have tests to confirm.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 10, 2014
#Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is believed to have torn his ACL, per source. Tests to confirm coming— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2014
This comes days after the Cardinals just gave Palmer a three-year contract extension on Friday that is worth a reported $50 million. you never want to see this happen to anyone, and with him turning 35 in December, it's going to be hard for him to recover from anything close to as devastating as the '06 injury.